Winter storm will bring ice, freezing rain to Cortland area

CORTLAND, N.Y. — After a bitterly cold weekend, temperatures are expected to climb into the lower 40s by Tuesday.

This warming trend, however, will be accompanied by a wintry mix of precipitation starting Monday evening, creating the potential for slippery driving conditions, according to The National Weather Service.

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A winter weather advisory is in effect for central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania from 5 p.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Snow totals of 2 -5 inches are possible for the Cortland area, but the bigger concern for drivers will be ice and freezing rain developing Monday evening.

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Photos courtesy of The National Weather Service

While a flood watch is not in effect, forecasters say the potential exists for heavy rainfall, which could lead to minor flooding in some areas.

If you plan on traveling Monday evening, forecasters recommend taking extra time to get to your destination.

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Light snow is expected to develop in our area by early Monday evening, gradually mixing with rain and freezing rain into the overnight hours as temperatures climb above freezing. By daybreak Tuesday, precipitation is expected to transition into rain.

Temperatures will remain above freezing through Wednesday afternoon before dipping down into the mid 20s by Thursday.

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